You may wonder how you can keep a healthy smile as you enter an older age. There are no secrets, but here are a few tips that can help!
Tip #1. Clean your dentures daily.
Bacteria can stick to your teeth and also to full or partial dentures. If you wear dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis with cleaners made specifically for them. Rinse and clean your dentures after every meal. Remove your dentures at least 4 hours every 24 hours to keep the lining of your mouth healthy. It is best to remove the dentures at night time. Just like natural teeth, dentures can last a long time if they are well taken care of.
Tip #2. Brush and floss daily.
It should be just as important for you as it is for your grandchildren. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a brush at least twice a day. If you have arthritis or a different condition that limits movement, try an electric toothbrush. Don't forget to clean between your teeth with products such as pre-threaded flossers, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, or a water flosser, whichever is easier!
Tip #3. Keep dental work well maintained.
Don't wait until you feel pain to check your teeth. Ensure that you visit the dentist twice a year. As you age, the nerves inside your teeth become small and less sensitive. By the time you feel pain from a cavity, it may be too late and u can possibly lose your tooth. Your dentist will look for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, or other serious conditions.
Tip #4. Eat a well-balanced meal with the nutrients you need.
The foods we eat every day affect our oral health. A healthy and well-balanced diet will not only make you feel good, but it will keep your teeth healthy as well. Including foods that boost your immune system will help balance the bacteria that stay in your mouth. Foods that can benefit you are garlic, coconut oil, and leafy greens.
We can all have a healthy smile if we develop a plan, stick to a routine, and follow our dental provider's advice. To make an appointment or if you have any questions, please contact any of our offices or visit our practice.